7 Answers

My husband works away a lot, weeks at a time, we have two children, both under school age, how do I keep up with everything! I feel like 100% of my time is dedication to children, house work and food prep. How can I find balance. Ive really wanted to study too but I cannot find free time as it is.

Posted anonymously, 20th April 2021

Want more real mum questions sent to you?

You'll need to check this email to complete your signup.


Ask your question
  • My late husband always told me that as long as they all have clean clothes and food to eat, the rest will take care of itself. Don’t worry about anything but do make time for yourself even if you get someone to babysit while you have a break. Even if that break is meeting up with friends for a coffee for half an hour. Your worth it and, believe me, your family will benefit from it too.

  • Be kind to yourself. Let some things go. Make sure you make some ‘me time’ in every day. I imagine it would be very hard, but I hope you have some other support around you. And if money permits, consider a cleaner or some option to help you out.

  • It sounds very tough. Commit to doing perhaps half an hour a day just for you. Find some ‘me time’ when they are asleep for example.

  • The only way is to prioritise and get things done while they’re asleep. It sucks but if you get up early you could pick a couple of things you can’t do when the little ones are awake. You can also train your kids to play by themselves in the yard for short periods so you can get some housework done (while keeping an eye on them) and then dedicate at least an hour to them around lunchtime so you still have quality time. And I can’t stress enough the importance of nap times for pre-schoolers- my kids loved it/ needed it. And you can get more done for an hour or two.

  • That sounds tough, I hope you find some balance or help. With the housework, I try to plan it thoughout the week so I do a little everyday, but try not to let it affect other times so I have a break to do things with children or hopefully for myself. I hope you find a great way forward, it sounds like you’re a great mum to you children.

  • Hi You ask how do you keep up, you don’t. As my children have all left home and have their own I think, you know what doing all that housework to keep my house tidy was a waste of my children’s time and my effort.It isn’t really that important sure you need to be clean but a mess is nothing to worry about. A house is meant to be a home not a show piece so what if it looks lived in . Bet you it feels so much more homely than some one’s pristine house. Enjoy your kids as they grow to fast and take that bit of time out for yourself. Everyone will feel so much better for it.

  • Can’t help you with advice but wishing you all the best ..

Post you answer
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

What is your answer to that question?
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your answer and join MoM:

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating